Facilitation of Communication Between ASCSU and Faculty
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) reaffirm its commitment to engage in ongoing consultation and communication with the CSU campus senates and faculty; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge campus Presidents and Provosts to authorize independent access to the campus all-faculty email distribution list to the campus Senate Chair; and be it further
RESOLVED: That ASCSU urge campus senates to facilitate prompt dissemination of first reading ASCSU resolutions and meaningful consultation with campus constituencies on issues under discussion by the ASCSU; and be it further
RESOLVED: That ASCSU urge campus Senates to include a report from the ASCSU Senators as a standing item on campus Senate and assembly agendas; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU campus Senate Chairs, CSU Provosts, and CSU Presidents.
RATIONALE: The Constitution of the ASCSU stipulates that the ASCSU is “the official voice of the faculties of the California State University in matters of system-wide concern.”i To effectively serve the CSU faculty and students, the ASCSU depends on ongoing communication with local campuses as specified by the ASCSU Constitution, article II, Section 2 (d): “the Academic Senate shall circulate to the senate and the president of each campus such materials as agendas for and minutes of its meetings, committee reports, and information on pending matters.” The communication is effective only if the ASCSU can rely on a regular flow of information to local campuses and collection of feedback from campus senate committees and interested faculty. The systematic collection of feedback from local campuses is especially important in improving first reading resolutions and providing information for discussion of final drafts of resolutions. The ASCSU has enhanced distribution of information to campuses via the Faculty to Faculty newsletter, but in order to better engage in shared governance, recognizes that more direct means of two-way communication between ASCSU members and campus faculty is needed.
At present, the ASCSU senators, who “represent the entire faculty of a campus and not the campus academic senate” ii, are the main vehicles of communication between the ASCSU and local campuses. Since the ASCSU resolutions are first drafted and discussed in ASCSU standing committees, which do not have representatives from every single campus, it is important to establish efficient communication between ASCSU standing committees and their campus counterparts for continuous consultation with campuses on issues of system-wide concerns.
Approved Unanimously – March 21, 2014
i & ii The Constitution of the Academic Senate, The California State University, Article I, Section 1.